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Capital District Council for the Social Studies  (Albany, NY)

2019 CDCSS Mini-Conference

  • 02 Nov 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Bethlehem Middle School, 332 Kenwood Ave, Delmar, NY, 12054


  • Includes 2019-20 CDCSS membership
  • Museum and Cultural Institutions adding to our conference

Registration is closed

CDCSS Mini-Conference will be held on Saturday November 2, 2019 from 8:30 to 1:30 pm.

Cost: $15 for Regular members - (please login to the CDCSS site first to access this option)

$35 for non-members (will include a one year membership to the CDCSS.  

Only $10 for pre-service teachers.

Registration fee includes light breakfast fare and snacks.

/Registration will begin at 8:15 am.

Sessions will begin at 8:30 am.

Click here to download a PDF file of the flyer above.

Here's a more detailed description of each breakout sessions listed in the above flyer:

Beginning at 8:30 am (40 mins)

Mapping Your Way Through History! Engaging ways to integrate history and geography.

In this workshop participants discuss how to engage middle schoolers deeply in historical study by grounding events in the places they occurred. Combining the teaching of history and geography is nothing new but how do you easily integrate geography and history, so engagement and retention is highest for your students? This workshop applies hands-on mapping, proven inquiry strategies to consider the impact geography and environmental factors had on historic figures, their behaviors, places and the events that unfolded. The strategies we will focus on can be applied to both U.S. and World History courses.

Target Audience: Administrators (School & District) & U.S. and World History Teachers

Presenter: Rich Seefeldt, Curriculum Specialist | Social Studies School Service


Beginning at 9:15 am

Preparing Students for the New Global History & Geography Regents Exam

This session will focus on “lessons learned” from administering the new Global History & Geography Regents exam in June and August 2019.  Representatives from the local school districts that gave the new exam will share instructional and assessment strategies for all parts of the new test.  

Target Audience: Middle and High School

Panelists discussion led by Lisa Kissinger, Shenendehowa Social Studies Administrator


Disciplinary Literacy: Reading and Writing to Learn at the Secondary Level
- An Introduction

The purpose of this presentation is to explicitly define disciplinary literacy, emphasize its importance in the content classrooms, and provide examples of what disciplinary literacy looks like in practice. The goals of the presentation will be accomplished by providing teachers to work independently and as grade level teams to look at the expectations for reading and writing in social studies and determine how they can use these standards to set goals for their teaching and students’ learning- based on the Framework Standards. It is acknowledged that there are no specific disciplinary standards set for speaking and listening, but it will be encouraged that these elements be implemented. Below are talking points that will be discussed with teachers prior to their working time. The last page is an example of supporting materials that will be provided to teachers during their work time. The method of presentation will model workshop style teaching - mini lesson of the what and why of disciplinary practice, modeling what disciplinary literacy should look like in the social studies classroom, teacher work time, and a share out of work with wrap up of key points.

Target Audience: Middle School/High School

Presenter: Alexandra Sapienza, Instructional Coach, 7th grade Social Studies Queensbury MS


Standards Based Grading in the Social Studies Classroom

The main objective is to show how using a standards based grading approach will allow the students and the teacher how to better teach social studies content.  Using a standards based grading approach can increase not only test scores but with the use of student trackers this process can help student's become more accountable for their own learning.  I will bring a google folder that anyone at the presentation will have access to. All participants will have access to the google slides presentation, student trackers, grading sheets, and content/skill standards that are used in my classroom and my school. Time: 40 mins

Target Audience: Middle School/High School

Presenter: Colleen Heilsberg, Albany Leadership Charter High School for Girls


Beginning at 10:05 am

Political Cartooning

Review strategies to help students analyze and understand historic political cartoons by understanding memes and current cartoonists’ take on society. 

Target Audience: Mixed, Time: 40 mins

Presenter: Mary Miller, New York News Publishers Association


Beginning at 11 am

Museums, Historic & Cultural Organizations

Short “Poster Sessions” sharing educational resources, opportunities for tours, etc.  Time: 45 mins


Albany County Historical Association, Ten Broeck Mansion

Crailo State Historic Site

Discover Albany

Fort Ticonderoga

Historic Cherry Hill

New York State Archives Partnership Trust

Social Studies School Service


Beginning at Noon

Examining the Enduring Issues Essay

Review procedures for grading and strategies to help students analyze, organize and succeed on the new writing task. Time: 90 mins

Presenters: Sienna Hunt-LeDuc,
Bethlehem HS, Henry Cumoletti, Albany HS
and Kyle Dalton, Green Tech HS


History's Mysteries: Investigating Champlain's Encounter with the Iroquois

This session will delve into the 17th century colonial history of New York and a 200 year old controversy over the precise location of Samuel de Champlain's encounter with the Iroquois in July of 1609. Utilizing primary sources, geographical data, and most recent scholarship on Champlain, teachers will work collaboratively using historical thinking skills, inquiry, and other pedagogy. The goal is lead teachers in instructional practices that will assist their students in developing historically supported theories as to where the encounter took place. In relation to the NYS Framework and social studies practices, teachers will see examples of stimulus based multiple choice & constructed response questions based on the content of the workshop. Lesson ideas and primary sources will be shared with each participant. 

Audience: Mixed, Time: 40 minutes

Presenters: Tim Potts, Department Instructional Lead & Teacher  (6-8th grade), Robert J. Kaiser Middle School, Monticello, NY 
Rich Strum, Director of Academic Programs, Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, New York


Focused Inquiry Approach for AP US History

This session will examine a collection of selected documents and discuss strategies to help students choose evidence from the documents that supports different arguments relating to topics in American History.Specific examples include: Conquest of the West, Industrialization and Immigration. Time 90 mins

Target Audience: High School

Presenter: Rick Hengsterman, Ballston Spa HS


Beginning at 12:50 pm for 40 mins:

Blending Visual Literacy and Social Studies: Producing digital magazine covers and digital infographics with students

This presentation will review how an 8th grade social studies teacher and a technology integration specialist co-taught to create digital 1920s magazine covers and digital infographics about the Korean War Memorial. Attendees will leave with an overview of steps to implement these projects in their classrooms.

Target audience: upper elementary, middle and high school

Presenter: Annie Baker has taught middle school social studies for 17 years.  She currently teaches 8th grade social studies at Bethlehem Middle School.

Please note - our Mini-Conference will be taking place at the same time as 

The Delmar Farmers Market

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Problems Registering? Contact Mary Miller at

As a courtesy, members of other Professional Teaching Associations may be eligible to register under our member rate. Contact Mary Miller at about this or to register a group of teachers from one school district.
All other questions may be directed to CDCSS President, Thomas Michalek at
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